Digitel Offers First LTE Service in Country

The smallest of Venezuela’s three cellcos by subscribers, Digitel, has become the first to launch a commercial service based on 4G LTE technology, using the 2×15MHz 1800MHz frequency band it won in a September 2012 license auction, and following a short pilot of the network in Caracas.

The company says it would have rolled out LTE services sooner, but delays were caused by a shortage of foreign currency in Venezuela with which to buy 4G network equipment and LTE-capable handsets or other devices. Digitel has not made an official launch announcement and is not yet marketing 4G prominently on its website, although the site tells customers that its LTE-based data service is initially only available to post-paid consumer and business users via the purchase of a U-SIM card and a subscription to a ‘Smart Plan’ data package. 

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